October 4, 1985 – The End of the Mets’ Hopes

It's October 4, 1985. Can Sid Fernandez keep the Mets' hopes alive against Tim Raines and the Montreal Expos? https://t.co/SV9sJuk5aw pic.twitter.com/XvEiEtu4Qo — Paul Dylan (@heyblue) August 27, 2017 Heading into the top of the 8th, here's Fernandez's pitching line!! pic.twitter.com/lw3KqZ2TBV — Paul Dylan (@heyblue) August 27, 2017 Sid Fernandez took a no-hitter 7 1/3 innings in game #159 of the season, before losing the no-no, the shutout, the game, and ultimately, the chance at a division title for the 1985 Mets in my Strat-O-Matic replay. Mitch Webster doubles with one out in the 8th to break up the no-hitter, but … Continue reading

1985 NL Replay – Can the Mets Come Back?

For a limited time, CLICK HERE TO TAKE 25% OFF a 1985 New York Mets as-played scorebook! Six games back with six games to play, the 2nd place New York Mets met the NL East division-leading St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis for a three game series beginning on October 1, 1985 in my replay of the National League season. The Cards’ magic number was 1, meaning they needed to win only one of the three games to clinch the division. It was an incredible series, highlighted by a 15-inning contest in game two, in which two 20-game winners (Dwight … Continue reading

RIP Joaquin Andujar

The picture below was posted by Robinson Cano on his Instagram account today. My Spanish is only ok, but I’ll attempt to translate (any native speakers, please correct me if I’m wrong): [Andujar’s loss is] a great sadness for all fans of baseball, especially Dominicans. But much more than that, we had the honor of sharing closely with you and learning from your example. You always said that I was going to make the big leagues, and I learned enough from you that I will always live with gratitude for you. Rest in peace. Un gran dolor para todos los … Continue reading

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Though I didn’t come around here much over the summer, those months were not devoid of Tabletop-Sports gaming. Quite the contrary, in fact. I have a full-time job*, I have two young daughters, a wife (woo-hoo!), and all the attendant demands on my time that come with all these responsibilities. Fortunately, I do manage to find time to either roll a game or work on this blog nearly every night. However, most of the time it’s one or the other – rarely both. * “What?!” you exclaim. No, it’s true. I don’t play these games or write about them for a … Continue reading

Reds Rookie Tom Browning Takes NL by Storm

JUNE 17, 1985 – CINCINNATI A year ago, Reds rookie left-hander Tom Browning was struggling through a 12-10 season with the AAA Wichita Aeros, not sure when or if he’d ever see a game from atop a big league pitcher’s mound. Today, he’s the undisputed ace of the first-place Cincinnati Reds, and the leading candidate for the National League’s Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. Why has Browning been so effective? “He’s a good pitcher because he stays ahead of hitters,” says Atlanta manager Bobby Wine. “He consistently throws strikes and that’s the whole key to pitching in … Continue reading